Summer Solstice celebration is planned for June 23 to support NJ Conservation Foundation

New Jersey Conservation Foundation will celebrate preserved land and the start of summer on Thursday, June 23, during a gala fundraiser at the historic Brick Farm Tavern in Hopewell.

The “Summer Solstice Celebration of the Land” event will be held outdoors under an open-air tent starting at 6:30 p.m., and will feature gourmet farm-to-table fare and spirits, music, fun auctions, and summery, hand-crafted signature cocktails. It will be the first in-person fundraiser held by the nonprofit since 2018.

“We’re very excited to be able to gather in person at this fantastic venue,” said Alison Mitchell, co-executive director of New Jersey Conservation Foundation. “We’re really looking forward to connecting with old friends, meeting new ones and celebrating preserved land throughout the state – including many special places in the Hopewell-Princeton area.”

The evening celebrates New Jersey Conservation’s 62 years of preserving open space, parks and farmland – as well as its commitment to addressing climate change and advocating for sustainable agriculture that supports healthy local foods, clean water, pollinators and other wildlife.

The event will include live and silent auctions with unique items from local residents, entrepreneurs and artisans, including artwork, jewelry, vacations, food and drink, and New Jersey Conservation staff-guided nature tours of some of the state’s most beautiful preserved lands.

One popular item from previous New Jersey Conservation auctions is “A Perfect Day in New Jersey,” hosted by Dr. Emile DeVito, staff ecologist. With his gregarious personality and expert knowledge of scenic natural treasures throughout the state, DeVito will create a customized adventure based on the auction winner’s interests and favorite pastimes. 

Event co-chairs are Wendy Mager of Princeton, first vice president of New Jersey Conservation’s board of trustees, and Anne Wright Wilson of Hopewell.

To reserve tickets for the event, or register for the auction, go to People not attending the event can still participate in the silent auction online. To learn about sponsorship opportunities, contact Erica Colace at

All proceeds from the Summer Solstice Celebration will support New Jersey Conservation’s land protection, stewardship, advocacy and urban greening work throughout the state.

Submitted by New Jersey Conservation Foundation

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